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F1 Rethought: The Calendar

There's a better way of going about it.

6w ago

“We are pleased to announce the 2021 Formula 1 provisional calendar after extensive conversations with our promoters, the teams and the FIA,"

Chase Carey

I should note before I begin that I didn't do any maths for this so I could be totally wrong about all this. But hopefully not.

Back on the 10th November 2020, Formula 1 announced its provisional 23 race 2021 calendar. It's a whopper of a calendar that sees F1 making its debut in Saudi Arabia.

You might be thinking this article will be about Saudi Arabia then, but that's not why I'm here - although I'm sure I could write another article just on that. Instead, I think that the entire F1 calendar should be re-organized in a completely different way. Every year, we as fans watch F1 travel all over the globe to go racing. One week, it's in Australia, then Spain not long after and Azerbaijan and Canada after that. It's a lot of moving around that from a logical point of view, doesn't make a lot of sense - especially these days.

Formula 1 has committed itself to reducing its carbon footprint dramatically by 2030 - as it should. Yet whilst the methods F1 is employing to do this are good steps in the right direction, there's another obvious solution that they don't seem to be implementing: travel from race to race.

Instead of flying left, right and centre for the entire year, Formula 1 should move across the globe in a steady, logical way. Say the season starts as it normally does in Australia, it makes sense for the next race to take place in Singapore as it's closest to Melbourne. From there, they should go to China and Japan before touching down in the Middle East for the rounds in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia respectively. By moving steadily across the continents, the carbon footprint is surely going to be reduced somewhat as a result.

The shake-up to the calendar could also contribute to some more exciting races as F1 may end up at a certain track at a different time of year to usual and have to deal with the different weather conditions accordingly. So it's a win win scenario.

By flying back and fourth all of the time, it seems like an unnecessary waste or air miles. At the end of the day, you can still get in all 23 rounds of the season currently on the calendar and help F1 reach their climate goals by 2030. Plus, this way, Formula 1 really seems like a travelling circus - to me it would anyway!

In case anyone is curious to see what the full revised calendar would look like, it would look roughly like this:

Australia, Singapore, China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Spain, Monaco, Portugal, France, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Mexico and finally, Brazil.

Alternatively, the reverse of this calendar could also work and be quite a fun way of doing things.

Also note that given all the calendar changes this year, I've gone on what was the official F1 calendar for 2021 at some point in the last six months!

What do you think of this idea? Let me know in the comments below.

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Comments (22)

  • Ahem. Canada. November-December.

    Only Red Bull has run their cars on SNOW! If you think Pirelli pulled an oopsie in Baku, just watch them try to make a snow tire for F1 cars! Maybe get Nokian as the tire supplier… 😆

    At least Hamilton CANNOT overheat his brakes!

      1 month ago
    • Well yes I had thought Canada might be a bit of an outlier. But if you did the calendar from the western hemisphere to the Eastern hemisphere then the weather would be alright in Canada.

      Although, doesn't part of you want to see all the F1 cars...

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        1 month ago
  • I think this is a brilliant (ish- it may need some tweaking) idea - I've thought for some time that the way the circus travels around the globe needed a re-think and the extra factor of 'alternative' weather could make for some interesting race results

      1 month ago
    • Definitely got some kinks to iron out but there's a lot of potential here and a lot of fun that the organisers could have with moving things around a bit.

        1 month ago
  • It'd be a great idea to cut down on the amount of miles of travelling between GPs, but there is a problem that stands out. Do you really want to do the European races that close to the end of the year? Going on this year's calendar, you'd have the British GP at the end of October and that'd be interesting weather. Do you remember the carnage that happened when they moved the British GP to April with thousands of cars stuck in the car parks? I can only speak for the British weather outside the traditional summer months (even then you can get one hot day followed by three cold wet ones or vice versa), but I suspect you'd have similar issues at other venues.

      1 month ago
    • True, the weather would be a main factor, especially for somewhere like Canada. But you could have some changes and do the odd one when you normally would and it would still cut down travel and emissions overall. British Grand Prix in October...

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        1 month ago
  • I don't give a shit about the carbon footprint, I just want exciting races, regardless of where they happen.

    Also, UK and Canada in late October-early November are not exactly doable (your eastern-western hemisphere take doesn't apply, the seasons change when you cross the equator, it's not related to east and west).

    One more thing - it would better if they would go to Japan after Australia, then come down to China, Singapore then the Middle East.

      1 month ago
  • The calendar changes would cause havoc with the logistics of Formula One. You have all the team’s equipment moving as one massive circus from place to place whereas currently the logistic planning has team equipment being shipped months in advance to a race venue. Here is an example; When the season is kicking off in Australia some equipment is shipped in containers to Canada ready to go when the teams arrive there in June while the first fly away equipment is sent back to team HQ for servicing or whatever else ready for use later in the year. I think it would be safe to assume the race organisers also have a say when the race can suitably take place in their country.

      1 month ago
    • I'm not saying it wouldn't cause a few headaches logistically but you could still ship some stuff in advance whilst also removing some of the air miles/environmental costs.

      Take the 2020 calendar as proof that things can be juggled...

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        1 month ago
    • True, well maybe you should apply for a job with the FiA. But I’m sure there is some reason why like contractual obligations. Take Abu Dhabi, they have a contract in place to hold the last race of the year or also for teams when they introduce big...

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        1 month ago